Secret of mummy wearing "Adidas boots" revealed

Journalist A.Odontuya

2017-04-17 12:59 GMT+8

The finds of Uzuur Gylan, also known as mummy wearing "Adidas boots" was found in Hovd province, the Western parts of Mongolia a year ago.  

Specifically, a joint research team of Hovd University and Hovd museum, appointed by the order of the Governor of Hovd aimag, have excavated the findings in April 2016. 

Cultural Heritage Center under Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports made restoration to the finds for a year and currently, the restoration process has completed. 

Head of Cultural Heritage Center G.Enkhbat: "Height of a woman is 5.4 ft (165 cm). She was buried in low-moisture areas where it has air and wind-free access. A thick layer of mouse feces was created on the top of the grave, which has the advantage to prevent contamination. If the tomb was covered by dust, it would not be preserved that well. It was deliberately buried".


According to the computed tomographic analysis, a total of 51 findings and artifacts registered including a mummy wrapped in felt, grave, hat, deel (traditional costume of Mongolia), pants, boots, bone comb, bronze mirror, wallet, wooden bowl, wooden plate, leather bag, knife, pottery and pot wrapped in felt, sticks, knitted wool mat, sheepskin-lined coat and carpenter (overall). 

Turkish five archaeologists came to Mongolia during June 12-21, 2016 to study the findings and took nine types of samples. They have sent the samples to the Beta Laboratory, U.S and the result approved that the findings of Uzuur Gylan date to 9-10th centuries. 

The restoration reveals that the boots which went viral were felt lined, over-the-knee fashion boots with metal ornament, and more than three patterns. 


Restoration expert B.Myagmartseren states "I think she was not from elite. She wore common sheepskin or felt lined clothes that are suitable for winter. As for her "Adidas boots", it was just felt lined leather boots. There were three boots, four deels, five hat and three pants in the grave. However, complex studies are being conducted on the clothes".

Most of her clothes were red and it was made using 25 cm width of fabric which raising a hypothesis that 25 cm wide fabric could be produced at that time. Moreover, sewing was smooth and attractive which could be an evidence of a highly developed clothing industry. 

The restoration team provided dry cleaning and water purification, not using any chemicals. Thus, the findings are able to be preserved for many years. 

The Uzuur Gyalan findings to will be showed to the public at the end of April 2017 at National History Museum.

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